Why did you choose a career in accounting?
Throughout secondary school I was always drawn to more numbers-based subjects, like Maths and Business. However, I also had a strong personality and communication skills, which I could use to my advantage in my career. Eventually after leaving secondary school, and joining Sixth Form, I began studying Finance and Economics as well as Business. From this, I started exploring opportunities within Business and Finance, ultimately leading me to the AAT Qualification, which upon further investigation, I established was the career I desired.
What made you choose UHY Hacker Young, and has it been what you expected?
Upon searching for roles offering the AAT qualification alongside the job, I discovered UHY Hacker Young and was drawn in immediately. Being a Top 20 UK accountancy firm, I knew this would give me the opportunity to work with some exciting and recognisable companies. Furthermore, the first time I went to the office everyone was so welcoming, this was a big factor in my decision, as I felt comfortable here from the outset. Overall, it has been more than I expected, the social side of the firm is great, offering many exciting department wide socials, as well as an exceptional 6-a-side football team (@UHYFootball on Instagram) with weekly matches and a great group of players.
What makes a good auditor/accountant?
I think to be considered a 'good' auditor/accountant, many factors need to be considered, not just your fundamental audit skill-base. When joining UHY at 18, I was nervous of not being able to pick things up or struggling with the knowledge needed to be a good auditor/accountant. However, over time this knowledge comes naturally, with more and more experience and practical work. Importantly, to become a good auditor, you need to have skills aside from the practical knowledge. Communication and teamwork are essential within audit and accounting, whether that be internally with your own team or with clients. Enhancing these skills improves the efficiency of audits and builds relationships with colleagues, making your day-to-day work life more enjoyable overall.
Charlie is an AAT trainee in our London office, joining after leaving sixth form.